• Murder at Roaringwater

  • By: Nick Foster
  • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Murder at Roaringwater is the inside story of a young Frenchwoman, Sophie Toscan du Plantier. In this notorious and unresolved crime, the victim seemed to have a premonition of her own terrible end.

Ever since she was violently killed outside her holiday cottage in the remote West Cork countryside just before Christmas in 1996, mystery has surrounded the unresolved case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

For six years, author Nick Foster has been painstakingly piecing together her life and death, developing an ongoing ‘friendship’ with the Englishman long-suspected of her murder, Ian Bailey, and his partner, Jules Thomas.

The story follows Foster in Paris and Ireland as he leaves no stone unturned in his quest to reveal the young Frenchwoman’s killer and understand the motives behind such a terrible crime.

©2021 Nick Foster (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"A true-crime tour de force. Foster delivers a forensic and exciting account of this international murder mystery." (Donal Macintyre)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-22

The performance is not great

The book itself is excellent, a comprehensive account of the entire story of the Sophie Toscan Du Plantier case. It has good sources and is well set out to chronologically take the reader through the entirety of the case.

However the performance is poor, the narrator ignorantly pronounces many key words incorrectly such as “Schull”, “Dermot Dywer” and “Síochana”. You would think that someone narrating a book with those names and words appearing so frequently would go to the trouble of researching pronunciation. Apparently not. Unfortunately, this takes the gloss off of an otherwise very good book. As soon as you are really starting to get into it there is another incorrect pronunciation which gets very annoying.

Overall I would recommend.

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  • Lisa B
  • 02-11-22

Irritating Pronunciations

Overall an interesting book and the story does reveal some information not in the tv documentaries or the West Cork podcast so for that I give it 4. The author seems to over-egg his discoveries somewhat but I still enjoyed it.

The narration however was incredibly frustrating with hugely incorrect pronunciation of Irish place names like Schull and the word Síochana which as you can imagine are used very frequently. It really grates after a while. Also the narrator changed the way he says Schull half way through the book to another different but wrong way. All in all on this occasion I would prefer to read the paperback.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-22

Poor narration

Compelling story but not helped by a really poor narration. Pronunciations inconsistent and inaccurate for some core elements.

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  • donal hand
  • 01-04-22

Great insight

At last something that puts this horrible saga in context I now believe he dine it too many people give statements for them all to be lies.
Clothes in the bath, claiming he did not know her scratches on the arms to name a few .

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  • 05-07-22

Terrible narration

It shed new light on the case but not in a major way. The narration is terrible. I could hardly listen to it.